Why does sweat smell the way it does?



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    It has to do with the types of bacteria living in and near your sweat glands, especially around the armpits. 

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    Humans have two different glands that produce sweat, the eccrine glands and the apocrine glands. The eccrine glands are all over the body, and release directly onto the skin. Sweat from the eccrine glands do not typically make an odor. The apocrine glands are attached to hair follicles, typically where they grow the most, the scalp, the armpits, the groin, etc. These glands excrete fatty wastes, proteins and lipids, and when they reach the surface of the skin, natural bacterias and fungus break down the sweat and the by-products of their metabolism is what creates the odor. The idea that some diets make more malodorous scents than others is somewhat inconclusive.

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